Monday, December 31, 2012

Ending where I started in 2012....

BBD’s Christmas Garden was my new start in January this year so it seems kind of appropriate that having talked about that in my first post of 2012 I’m going to talk about it in my last post of 2012.  Having finished it in May it then sat for weeks months (!!) before I finally left it in with the framer in October.  With everything else going on I sort of forgot about it (my framer can sometimes take a while) but come December I did begin to think it was about time it was home and hanging in my house.  Just over a week before Christmas I got the word that it was ready to be picked up and here it is…..

I love that I had this in time for Christmas and I’m thrilled with the job she did.

 At the same time as leaving Christmas Garden in I also left PSS Sergei.  That came home with me too…….

and is another one that I’m thrilled with.

While I’m not really into the whole making resolutions thing I do like to start a new project in January.  As you will know, I love having something to work on each month.  Well, I’m not sure whether I’ve bitten off more than I can chew but, this year this is the one that’s going to be my monthly stitching project…..

A Sampler Story by Brenda Keyes.  At 24 squares I’m thinking I can manage two squares a month and, with a bit of luck, I will have this one completed in December 2013.  I did think of just one square a month but the thought of it taking me two years seemed a lifetime!  I’ll see how I get on, if it starts to feel like that’s all I’m working on and I’ve no time for anything else I might need to rethink.

We did have a different Christmas this year but the good news is that a couple of days ago my mum changed hospitals and is now in one where she’ll spend the next few weeks having physiotherapy and help to get back on her feet.  My dad is having horrible nerve pain from the shingles but the rash itself has stopped spreading and isn’t looking so nasty.  Unfortunately he’s still not allowed to visit my mum.

Thank you for all the lovely comments you left last time about my PS stitchings.   In 2013 I’m hoping to stitch some of the BOAF santas and likely there will be some PS ones in the mix as well.    

Whatever your plans to see in 2013….enjoy.    DH and I will see in the New Year very quietly, hopefully we’ll manage to stay up to midnight!  Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2013 with lots of stitching going on!

Until next time……  

Sunday, December 23, 2012

A little Prairie Schooler...

Hard to believe that Christmas Day is just around the corner.  It is quiet here this morning so I thought I’d grab the chance to do a quick post to wish everyone a lovely Christmas and share some stitching before Christmas rather than after it.

My plans for stitching more PS Santas took a back seat from August onwards but I did finish five in total and in time to have them out on display.

This is the fifth one that I put the final stitches into a week or two back.

In a comment on my last post Siobhan mentioned my PS Twelve Days of Christmas which I stitched through 2011. Last Christmas I had them displayed on a wreath (you can see it here if you want to take a look) but with everything else going on this year that didn’t happen and I just have them displayed in a bowl.

My mum had her hip replacement surgery on Thursday.  She has come through the surgery and the doctors are pleased with her progress but she will be in hospital over Christmas.  Meanwhile my poor dad has developed shingles and is miserable with it. That has meant that he hasn’t seen my mum in a week now and I know that the two of them are missing each other especially with my mum going through surgery. 

Our house is full again as our two sons and daughter arrived home at different times yesterday.  When DH and I got back last night it was lovely to walk into the house and have everyone here.  Christmas is going to be a little different for us this year but whether we sit down and eat turkey or not (we won’t be!) is of little consequence.  Far more important is spending time with loved ones.

Wishing each and every one of you a lovely Christmas in whatever way you spend it.
 Until next time……  

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Some more Christmas finishes....

Thanks everyone for your kind comments and emails after my last post.  I’m still doing a lot of miles in the car each week.  My mother was supposed to have her hip surgery on Nov 28th but a fire at the hospital the weekend before changed that.  There was water damage to some of the wards and theatres so a lot of the elective surgery was cancelled.  We are waiting to hear a new date, whether it will be before Christmas or not we don’t know, and the longer we don’t hear anything I’ve the feeling it will be January before it happens.

As to stitching?  Well, I’ve been doing bits and pieces here and there.  This one I actually had stitched months ago but hadn’t got round to finishing it.

 SB's Good Cheer Pin Cushion

It took me several attempts to do this ribbon and bead edging but, I got there in the end!  At one point I was thinking of attaching a chenille trim round the edge instead but a fruitless search through my stitching stash to find said chenille trim that I knew I had somewhere put paid to that idea.  So, I just had to knuckle down and get on with it!  I will say I felt like I was getting the hang of it by the end but I don’t know that I’d look forward to doing it again!

Next up is my finish of the freebie that was offered by Nikyscreations which you can find it here.

And finally, another PS Santa from the booklet Old World Santas II.  It’s been a while since I’ve managed to stitch one of these but I’m hoping to get one more done before Christmas.

 Stitched on 32ct Natural Light linen using suggested DMC

 And that’s about it for this time.  I hope all is well with you and yours.  Seems like Christmas is going to be here before we know it which, of course, leads me to say that I don’t know where this year has gone!  I’m starting to get itchy fingers to be working on a larger project.  With everything that has been going on these last months my stitching mojo hasn’t been around all that much but I think there’s going to be some stash diving coming up soon to see what calls my name.

Until next time……